The Windmills of Bangui, Ilocos Norte
It is truly an awesome sight.
It looks like a surreal scene from an extra-terrestrial movie.
The Bangui Wind Mills or Wind Farm is composed of 15 wind turbines, each of them soaring high the equivalent of a 23-story building – planted in a row along the shore of Bangui Bay, Bangui, Ilocos Norte.
The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, each wind turbine was built at a cost of US$1.75M. Cheap.
The Bangui Wind Mills were built by the NorthWind Power Development Corporation to take its share in reducing the emission of harmful greenhouse gases (GHGs) causing global warming and to accelerate the rural electrification of the goverment.
At Bangui Bay, wind mostly comes from the South China Sea, headed towards land. To optimize the full benefit of the winds, turbines are installed along the shore facing the sea effectively avoiding wind breaks.
The turbines are arranged in a single row spaced 326 meters apart. The turbines hub height (ground level to center of nacelle – that part holding the blades) is 70 meters high (roughly equivalent to a 23 story building), each blade is 41 meters long (just 9 meters shy of an Olympic-sized pool) giving a rotor diameter of 82 meters and a wind swept area of 5,281 square meters.
Bangui is located way past Laoag City, Ilocos Norte further up north along the Laoag-Cagayan national highway, 5 minutes after the municipality of Burgos.
It was too bad the weather was not as fine as I hoped it would be for taking photos last week when I was there; it was drizzling. No blue skies. Nevertheless, seeing the windmills of your mind for the first time was still an awesome experience.
I don’t know why but there is something about windmills which strikes a cord within me…
Photos taken October 14, 2008.
- Additional referrence: http://www.waypoints.ph/detail_gen.html?wpt=windf1